Recent news

Latest items of recent news relevant to the United States as reported in our fortnightly newswire ‘Dernières nouvelles’.

USA: Governor signs bill to help pregnant women in the workplace

New Mexico House Bill 25 has recently been signed into law …

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USA: Walmart responds to coronavirus with emergency leave policy for workers

Hourly workers in Walmart – the nation’s largest private employer – will receive up to two weeks’ pay if they have to be quarantined, or are diagnosed with, COVID-19 …

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USA: COVID-19: Who can get tested for coronavirus?

Employers should note that New York City and Los Angeles County public health departments have ordered an end to the testing of those with COVID-19 symptoms – unless they are healthcare workers, high risk patients or their condition is so bad they have to be hospitalised …

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USA: Public access at UN closed due to COVID-19

An area of Westchester County, that includes much of the city of New Rochelle (a New York suburb) that stretches into the town of Eastchester, is effectively being closed off for at least two weeks to contain a Coronavirus cluster …

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USA: New York proposes process for sweeping changes to worker classification

A special task force has been set up by New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo to draw up a new legal framework for independent contract workers …

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USA: 3rd Circuit upholds Philadelphia ban on salary history questions

The City of Philadelphia‘s 2017 Wage Equity Ordinance has been held up by a court injunction since April 2018 …

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USA: New wage and hourly pay rules in Colorado

The Colorado Overtime and Minimum Pay Standards (COMPS) Order will come into force on the 16th of March 2020 and will transform the state’s remuneration framework …

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USA: Data Notification Breach Law in Washington State

As previously reported, the amendments to Washington State’s Data Notification Breach Law are to become effective on the 1st of March 2020 …

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USA: Federal contract compliance manual

The Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) is part of the US Department of Labour and its principal focus is ensuring those seeking to undertake work for the Federal administration are compliant with labour standards …

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USA: Federal Court & California battle over Arbitration Law AB51

A challenge made to California‘s new state law AB51 on curtailing mandatory arbitration in employment contracts has itself now resulted in an appeal from the state of California …

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USA: Premium of working on Sundays in Massachusetts

For many years, retailers in Massachusetts have been required to pay those working on Sundays a premium of time +50% for all hours worked …

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USA: Supreme Court allows retirement plan lawsuit against Intel

The US Supreme Court has ruled that a lawsuit by an Intel employee, on behalf of 20,000 other company employees in the USA, may go ahead …

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USA: End to EEO-1 component 2 pay data reporting for now

The ongoing battle about the new component 2 element in the annual EE0 -1 report to the EEOC rumbles on …

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USA: House approves union rights PRO Act

“The Protecting the Right to Organise Act (PRO Act)” has passed the Federal House of Representatives by a vote of 224 to 194 …

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USA: Boeing and SPEEA announce a tentative agreement on four-year contract extension

Reflecting the need to return the 737 MAX to service, Boeing has just agreed a four-year extension of their deal with the Society of Professional Engineering Employees in Aerospace (SPEEA) covering over 18,000 employees based in Washington and Oregon …

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